Indian Test batting great Rahul Dravid has claimed Australia's decision to drop off spinner Nathan Lyon was a tactical blunder as the touring bowlers struggled against the hosts on the second day of the Hyderabad Test.
Australia's decision to play left-arm tweaker Xavier Doherty and spinning all rounder Glen Maxwell backfired badly as the tourists could take only one wicket on day two as Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara scored big centuries in Hyderabad, News.com.au reports.
Dravid said Australian captain Michael Clarke must also take some responsibility for the axing of Lyon, labelling it a tactical blunder that will likely cost the tourists the second Test.
Australia's selectors have been pilloried for dropping Lyon, who was relegated in favour of Doherty and Maxwell despite having taken a third of his side's 12 wickets in the first Test.
Doherty (0-85) and Maxwell (0-55) ultimately went wicket less from 36 overs on day two, prompting former Test stars Matthew Hayden, Ravi Shastri and VVS Laxman to criticise Australia's selection policy, the paper reports.
Lyon also found an ally in Dravid, who believes Australia's selection panel outsmarted themselves by over-analysing the spinner's performance in Chennai, the paper said.
Following the Argus Review into Australian cricket, Clarke was given additional selection powers, and it is possible the captain, a strident supporter of Lyon, could have been rolled at the selection table, but regardless Dravid said the dumping of Australia's frontline spinner was foolish, the paper added.